TROPICAL GEOGRAPHY ›› 2018, Vol. 38 ›› Issue (3): 293-298.doi: 10.13284/j.cnki.rddl.003054

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Multi-disciplinary Research Values of the Nanling Mountains

ZHOU Guoyi1,ZHANG Hongou2,ZHOU Ping2   

  1. (1.South China Botanical Garden,Chinese Academy of Sciences,Guangzhou 510650,China;2.Guangzhou Institute of Geography,Guangzhou 510070,China)
  • Online:2018-05-05 Published:2018-05-05

Abstract: The Nanling Mountains contain one of the most important subtropical evergreen broad-leaved forests on earth, as compared with other regions at the same latitudes.The region forms an important ecological barrier in southern China and is the source of several significant rivers, including the Xiangjiang, Ganjiang and Beijiang Rivers.The unique Danxia landform led to international recognition of the importance of the Nanling Mountains in the 20th century.Over the past 90 years, research in the Nanling Mountains area has included geological structure, granite mineralization, Danxia landform, climate change, biodiversity, flora, large fungi and the monitoring of birds, mammals and butterflies.There has also been research into evergreen broad-leaved forests, the Nanling Corridors, nature reserves, landscape patterns and ecological tourism.We found that the Nanling region was of great significance not only in relation to studies of its physical and human geography, geosciences and life sciences, such as biodiversity, flora and ecosystems, but also for inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research.We suggest that the region could be used as a long-term research base with high potential values for comprehensive, inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research.

Key words: the Nanling Mountains, Physical geography, Human geography, Biological diversity, Biological regionalization, Ecosystem research